UFC Quick Quote: Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre uses fear as the ultimate motivator

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Fighters use all sorts of things to motivate themselves, but UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre relies on something more primal.

"I'm scared. Before a fight, I doubt about myself. I'm scared....I try to be confident, but deep down inside, I'm afraid. I'm afraid to get knocked out, afraid to get humiliated, afraid to have done all that work and put all that effort for nothing, and not be as good as people expect me to be. That's why I'm afraid...It's not really being afraid of my opponent. I'm afraid of not performing the best as I should. And I think it's the same fear that keep me sharp, keep my reaction time better, and make me perform better."

-- For UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, perhaps it's okay to be scared, homie. In fact, "Rush" tells Inside MMA that fear of the negative consequences from a bad performance is the primary reason he's been so successful. GSP hasn't lost in seven years ever since a shocking knockout defeat to Matt Serra in his first title defense. Since then, he's won 11 straight including eight straight title defenses of the undisputed welterweight strap. Perhaps instead of talking smack, St. Pierre's next opponent should dress up in a Care Bear outfit?

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